Whose Eyebrows?

Drudge is linking to a story on wcbstv.com and echoing their subhead, which reads: “Clinton’s Use Of Word ‘Plantation’ Raises Eyebrows.” I don’t know about you (I mean, really, I don’t) but when I read that headline over on Drudge I thought, ‘Holy cow, Hillary went and said something racially insenitive on MLK Day. What sort of maroon is running that campaign anyways?’ Is that just me? Or did you think something like that too?
Imagine my surprise when I clicked through and read the details. Here’s Hillary’s quote, which comes from a speech she made at an event sponsored by Rev. Al Sharpton’s Action Network:

“When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation and you know what I’m talking about…”

And the eyebrows she raised? They belong to Representative Peter King (unrelated to Martin Luther King, jr.), a white Republican NY congressman who said:

“It’s always wrong to play the race card for political gain by using a loaded word like plantation. But it is particularly wrong to do so on Martin Luther King Day”.

I’m not here to argue that point. I’m just saying, taken in some context, it’s a different sort of story altogether. Is all I’m saying.



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One response to “Whose Eyebrows?”

  1. dumpster Avatar

    Granted the hypocrisy of Hillary’s critics, it *was* a stupidly tone-deaf remark. It’s always offensive for a white person to claim the mantle of racial oppression, even metaphorically.